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April
5th

A big taste of Chicago in little Graham – Chicago Hot Dogs & Beefs

Charles Lingle of Spanaway bites into a Chicago dog at Chicago Hot Dogs and Beefs in Graham. Janet Jensen/Staff photographer
Charles Lingle of Spanaway bites into a Chicago dog at Chicago Hot Dogs and Beefs in Graham. Janet Jensen/Staff photographer

If you’ve met someone from Chicago and even dined with them, you’ve probably heard them mention Chicago hot dogs one time or a thousand.

The components of a Chicago hot dog are vital to a Chicagoan: They must be made with a poppy seed bun – steamed not toasted – and a Vienna dog. The pungent, puckery trifecta of yellow mustard, chopped onions and neon green relish must be accounted for. It has to be topped with a tomato slice, pickle spear, sport peppers and a shake of celery salt. No exceptions. Nope. Just like Philadelphians are protective of their beloved Philly sandwiches and New Yorkers of their pies, so are Chicagoans of their favorite street food.

While South Sound has been home to restaurants serving Chicago dogs – the Red Hot in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood makes a really good one – Chicago themed eateries have come and gone. There was the Lucky Hot Dog Diner – first in Puyallup, then in downtown Sumner – and the Tommy Chicago food truck that served around Parkland.

Good news, though. Chicagoans home sick for their beloved dogs have relief in the form of a new tiny restaurant that opened in the far reaches of East Pierce in Graham. It’s an out-of-the-way location on Meridian, just past South Hill. Read more »